At Weight Watchers we like to focus on small targets before that big one. While Silver 7s are handed out for each half stone (7lbs) a person loses, there is also the focus on losing a certain percentage of your body weight. 5% and 10% are the two that you get small awards for.
They sound like small goals, but they do so much for your health. 5% could be 7-14lbs, but you gain a lot of benefits from that small weight loss. Of course, it could be a lot more if your starting weight is higher.
Working Out 5% of Your Body Weight
To start with, you need to know what 5% of your starting weight is. I like to work in pounds, but you could work in kilos. When I started, I was 14 stone 4 lbs. That works out to be 200lbs in total. Five percent of that is 10lbs. So my 5% target was to lose 10lbs of weight. That would take me down to 13 stone 8lbs.
It was so much better as an initial weight loss goal than saying I needed to lose over 3 stone.
But What Does 5% of Your Body Weight Mean to Your Health?
I’ve mentioned there are health benefits.
By losing 10lbs, I was getting to the point where everyday activities no longer seemed too much of a hassle. I was also in a dress size smaller!
There are health benefits that you don’t see by losing 5% of your body weight. One of those is your blood pressure. That decreases as you lose more weight. You could just need that 5% or 10% to get to a healthy blood pressure so the doctors are no longer on at you about it.
You also reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to weight. This is one of the fastest growing health problems around the world, especially the Western World. While it isn’t always linked to weight, being overweight can lead to being at a higher risk of developing it. If you already have type 2 diabetes, losing weight can help with the managing of it.
Sleep Better With a Lower Weight
One way that you can find losing 5% of your body weight helps is by sleeping better. You don’t feel all the aches and pains on a night, and it makes your breathing much more stable and easier. By getting a good night’s rest, you’ll feel more energetic the next day, and you can focus on a better diet and more exercise.
You’ll also want to do more exercise. Walking up the stairs won’t be as hard, and with each 5% you lose the easier it will become. That gives you the encouragement to do more and try harder, so you lose weight quicker while toning your body.
Isn’t it time you took care of your health? Losing 5% of your body weight can do so much for you, and it’s a great initial goal to focus on.